Introduces students to fictional works by contemporary women writers. Subject's international perspective emphasizes the extent to which each author's work reflects her distinct cultural heritage and to what extent, if any, we can identify a female voice that transcends national boundaries. Interpretive perspectives, including sociohistorical, psychoanalytic, and feminist criticism. Authors include: Mariama Ba, Isabel Allende, Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Alifa Riyaat, Nawal Al-Saadawi, Yang Jiang, Anita Desai, and Sawako Ariyoshi. Taught in English.